...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It takes 4-5 years for a Bald Eagle to get its characteristic white head and tail, and until then they are classified as a juvenile, even though they may be the same size or appear larger than an adult. The juveniles have a mottled appearance of brown, black, and white, in various patterns, and their beaks and talons are black instead of golden orange as in the case with the adult species. The Bald Eagles prefer to eat fish, rodents, or small animals, or dine on carcasses of dead animals. In Ames, the river near where these Bald Eagles hang out is frozen over, so on this day they were out in a corn field, eating what they could find....perhaps mice or rabbits.
The American Kestrel is a beautiful little raptor bird about 9-12 inches long, with a wing span of 20-24 inches, and a weights of 3-4 ounces. It is one of the most colorful members of the raptor family, and has the ability to hover into the wind while keeping its eye on the prey below and then swooping down for the kill. Their prey is usually small rodents, lizards, or large insects. They often perch on poles or wires, watching for their next meal.
Monday, January 30, 2012
When they lay down beside each other the other day I had to get some photos of them because it was the first instance of their sleeping together that I can remember.
Then they played a little and then he went home with Jon. It is a little quiet around here. Have a great week. Hugs, j
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
|Picture and banner from the Puppy Rescue Mission Web Site|
Friday, January 27, 2012
The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him.
"I'm dying here and you're putting?"
"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you.
"Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.
"No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."
The Red Cross have just knocked at our door and asked if we could help towards the floods in Pakistan. I said we would love to, but our
garden hose only reaches the driveway.
Being a modest man, when I checked into my hotel on a recent trip, I
said to the lady at the registration desk, "I hope the porn channel in
my room is disabled." To which she replied, "No, it's regular porn, you sick bastard."
A buddy of mine has just told me he's getting it on with his
girlfriend and her twin. I said "How can you tell them apart?" He
said "Her brother's got a mustache."
You can say lots of bad things about pedophiles but at least they
drive slowly past schools.
My girlfriend thinks that I'm a stalker. Well, she's not exactly my
Aspire to be Barbie - the bitch has everything.
If the shoe fits - buy them in every color.
A woman and a man are involved in a horrific collision, but amazingly both escape completely unhurt - though their cars are written off.
As they crawl out of the wreckage, the man sees the woman is blonde and strikingly beautiful. Then the woman turns to the man and gushes breathily: 'That's incredible - both our cars are demolished but we're fine. It must be a sign from God that we are meant to be together!'
Sensing a promise, the man stammers back, 'Oh yes, I agree with you completely!'
The woman goes on, 'And look, though my car was destroyed, this bottle of wine survived intact, too! It must be another sign. Let's drink to our love!'
'Well, OK!' says the man, going with the moment. She offers him the bottle, so he downs half of it and hands it back.
'Your turn,' he says.
'No, thanks,' says the woman, 'I think I'll just wait for the police.'
She was impressed by the way her lady friend preceded every request to her husband with endearing terms such as: Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, etc.
The couple had been married almost 70 years and, clearly, they were still very much in love.
While the husband was in the living room, her lady friend leaned over to her hostess to say, 'I think it's wonderful that, after all these years, you still call your husband all those loving names'.
The elderly lady hung her head. 'I have to tell you the truth,' she said, 'his name slipped my mind about 10 years ago and I'm scared to death to ask
the cranky old asshole what his name is.'
The man was encouraged. As he walked away, he turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?"
"Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,'" he responded, "but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."
He was very eager to see if it worked so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes and said, "1-2-3!"
Immediately, he was the manliest of men. His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes and then she asked “What was the 1-2-3 for?”
And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition, because we could end up with a dangling participle.
On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, "How much money do you make a week?"
A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, "I make $400 a week. Why?"
The CEO said, "Wait right here." He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, "Here's four weeks' pay. Now GET OUT and don't come back."
Feeling pretty good about himself the CEO looked around the room and asked, "Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?"
From across the room a voice said, "Pizza delivery guy.”
Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass in the mechanic’s lawn, so the mechanic had to keep Mace inside. The grass eventually became overgrown.
One day the mechanic was working on a car in his back yard and dropped his wrench losing it in the tall grass. He couldn’t find it for the life of him so decided to call it a day.
That night Mace escaped from the house and ate all the grass in the back yard. The next morning the mechanic went outside and saw his wrench glinting in the sunlight.
Realizing what had happened he looked up the the heavens and proclaimed......
“A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound that saved a wrench for me!”
Thursday, January 26, 2012
With all the attacks on Mr. Obama I feel the need to post three pictures I have seen recently. They show a caring human side to a man who is constantly attacked and vilified by hypocritical Rebublithugs who constantly tell lies and half truths and will do anything they can to keep him from winning a second term. A man who is constantly under pressure to do the best he can for all of the people of this nation. I feel he is in the office because he wanted to do something for our country...I don't always feel that way when it comes to those running on the other side.
Well, I don't always like his political stances but I do love his humaness and the way he relates to people, The hug for Gabby - rushing to make a phone call to the father of the rescued American and the fist bump with the janitor all tell me that while he is President, people are more important to him than his ego. He engages with them. He a man who against great odds has still been able to accomplish great things for our country. I am glad he is in the office and I will vote to keep him there and every lie that comes out against him just stiffens my resolve.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I picked them up and brought them home and the first thing MIles wanted to do was to check out "his" back yard. He made tracks to the door and ran all around in the snow. He also likes to eat the snow.
Making the rounds.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen statement on Senate Bill 6239 to allow same-sex marriage, issued after today's hearing:
"For some people, this is a simple issue. I envy them. It has not been simple or easy for me.
"To some degree, this is generational. Years ago I took exception to my parents' beliefs on certain social issues, and today my children take exception to some of mine. Times change, even if it makes us uncomfortable. I think we should all be uncomfortable sometime. None of us knows everything, and it's important to have our beliefs questioned. Only one being in this world is omniscient, and it's not me.
"I have very strong Christian beliefs, and personally I have always said when I accepted the Lord, I became more tolerant of others. I stopped judging people and try to live by the Golden Rule. This is part of my decision. I do not believe it is my role to judge others, regardless of my personal beliefs. It's not always easy to do that. For me personally, I have always believed in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. That is what I believe, to this day.
"But this issue isn't about just what I believe. It's about respecting others, including people who may believe differently than I. It's about whether everyone has the same opportunities for love and companionship and family and security that I have enjoyed.
"For as long as I have been alive, living in my country has been about having the freedom to live according to our own personal and religious beliefs, and having people respect that freedom.
"Not everyone will agree with my position. I understand and respect that. I also trust that people will remember that we need to respect each other's beliefs. All of us enjoy the benefits of being Americans, but none of us holds a monopoly on what it means to be an American. Ours is truly a big tent, and while the tent may grow and shrink according to the political winds of the day, it should never shrink when it comes to our rights as individuals.
"Do I respect people who feel differently? Do I not feel they should have the right to do as they want? My beliefs dictate who I am and how I live, but I don't see where my believing marriage is between a man and a woman gives me the right to decide that for everyone else.
"I've weighed many factors in arriving at this decision, and one of them was erased when the legislation heard today included an amendment to clearly provide for the rights of a church to choose not to marry a couple if that marriage contradicts the church's view of its teachings. That's important, and it helped shape my decision.
"My preference would be to put this issue on the ballot and give all Washingtonians the opportunity to wrestle with this issue, to search their hearts as I have, and to make the choice for themselves. But I do not know that there are the votes to put it to a ballot measure. So, forced to make a choice, my choice is to allow all men and women in our state to enjoy the same privileges that are so important in my life. I will vote in favor of marriage equality.
"I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures passage. That's neither here nor there. If I were the first or the seventh or the 28th vote, my position would not be any different. I happen to be the 25th because I insisted on taking this much time to hear from my constituents and to sort it out for myself, to reconcile my religious beliefs with my beliefs as an American, as a legislator, and as a wife and mother who cannot deny to others the joys and benefits I enjoy.
"This is the right vote and it is the vote I will cast when this measure comes to the floor."
I was talking with a brother, thinking about all the "stuff" that is going on in politics and it reminded me of this poem I wrote ages ago. Enjoy.
Most people sing just one song
have just one conversation –
usually with themselves.
Most people dance
just one dance,
walk just one walk
Go to just one place - many times.
Most Rock Stars give the same concert
over and over.
Most comedians tell the same joke -
although sometimes with different punch lines.
Most Authors who write just one book
can do it many times.
Most politicians have just one idea –
usually some else’s.
If you change your audience no one knows you are boring!
Some people however
Sing several songs,
Dance many dances,
Walk in different worlds.
Some people have endless conversations with many people.
Some people never listen
but others always do.
Some people stand out and stand up.
They are original, diverse, endlessly fascinating shining stars.
Everybody wants to predict the future. Right now there is a program on the History Channel about Nostradamus who made many predictions.. The thing is who knows and who cares If we are indeed spiritual beings then our existence does not rely on the material world and whether or not the world ends (according to the Mayan Calendar) we will be held eternally in Mind. And if not we won't be around to worry about it. Therefore we should enjoy our lives as best we are able and live to the fullest that which has been given to us... the present....All that really matters. The gift is the present. Enjoy your week and be grateful for life and wonder at the life around you. The greatest gift ever given to you.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Chris is a New York Times best selling author who lives on the Gulf coast of Florida. (I actually thought about moving there once until I had a dream in which I saw a long row of leathery tanned men sitting in Adirondack chairs lined up all along the coast...I wanted the Gulf Coast so that I could enjoy the sunsets being far to lazy to get up and see the sunrise on the Atlantic side - Actually today I wish I lived there as it is freaking cold here in Iowa). Being an intelligent person he moved there after having been born in Indiana and having lived in northern climes previously.. Previously he was also a football player and a teacher. Then he took up writing (Actually he wrote his first book when he was in fourth grade) and has many titles to choose from. He uses some of the same characters in several books but they are not dependant on one another and can be read in any order. They also seem to have something similar in many of them a hunt for a fabulous treasure.
The Secret Crown introduced me to King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Known as the mad king (he was eccentric) he was loved by his people and (probably) murdered by his cabinet. He was a builder and one of his castles was used by Walt Disney as a model for Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland. (Visit his castles here.) Actually his "madness" in building his castles has brought in millions of tourist dollars to his country so perhaps he was not "mad" but rather just a dreamer.
It is a fast paced novel with venues from Pittsburgh to Germany and Switzerland. There is a lot of action (the bad guys get killed) and you do learn a lot about the King and his eccentricities as you read the exciting story. It is told without boring you. That is actually something I like. Chris has a Facebook page and a Web site where you can take a virtual tour of his books. I just went to Amazon and ordered 4 more of his books. If someone wants to borrow The Secret Crown just let me know.
Dorothy was a good friend of my mother also. It is strange that my mother died on January 16 and now January 17 was the day that Dorothy passed. Two great women, both of whom loved Eastern Star and were past matrons and secretary. Dorothy put in many more years of service than Mom.. in fact more than anyone I knew. She was an officer before I was born (and I am now 70) and had continuous service since she joined. A remarkable record. The following is from the Obituary that was published in the Des Moines Register.
Dorothy was born the daughter of Ralph Fletcher and Sylvia Lavina (Ringgenberg) Williams on August 19, 1918 at rural Polk City, Iowa. She was a graduate of the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. On September 14, 1946, Dorothy was united in marriage to Duane Edward Barton and they made their home in Polk City.
Dorothy was a member of Sheldahl United Methodist Church and the Polk City Chapter Order of Eastern Star for 73 years, of which she was an officer for 72 years and secretary for 64 years. Dorothy had served on the Board at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone for five years, where she had resided since 2009.
I think Dorothy enjoyed her time living at the Home. Her family came to see her often and she was well taken care of while she was there.
This is from Proverbs and it fits for Dorothy as it fit my grandmother when I first heard it at her funeral in 1959:
Friday, January 20, 2012
The first student replies, “Is he a paranoid schizophrenic with a multiple personality disorder?”
The second student says, “No, I think he just doesn’t know whether he’s Carmen or Goering.”
My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 72. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"
After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"
My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied
A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's computer. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."